This Week in Houston Food Blogs: Unconventional Noodles and Unconventional PB&J

Bev of Bev Cooks had some fun with an Inspiralizer this week, which she used to turn broccoli stems into noodles for this lemon garlic broccoli with bacon recipe. The tool makes vegetable noodles easy and turns the less-interesting stems into a nice complement to the florets. With the lemon, garlic and bacon adding plenty of flavor to the veggies, your dinner companions might not realize how healthy this savory dish is.

Peru Gourmet, 10804 South Post Oak, impressed Bruce of Chili Bob's Houston Eats with its variety of offerings, including traditional Peruvian food, seafood, Mexican food and Chinese-Peruvian fusion, which was brought to Peru with the influx of Chinese immigrants after Peruvian slavery was abolished. He was surprised by the beef empanadas, which are served coated with powdered sugar and filled with beef and raisins. The sweet-and-savory dish was well-balanced, however, and he enjoyed it, along with the other dishes that he tried there.

Urban Swank's Shanna Jones checked out Sweetwater Seafood at 16525 Lexington in Sugar Land, a casual spot that serves a variety of seafood styles, including Asian and Cajun dishes. She thinks all the fried fare is top-notch, although she was not impressed with the gumbo. If you go, be sure to get the Sweetwater Sauce — just avoid the extra-spicy version, because they really mean it.

Andie of Can You Stay For Dinner? shared this homestyle spaghetti and meatballs recipe that has one excellent perk: It's all cooked in the same dish. She cheats a little with tofu shirataki noodles, which don't require boiling, and puts them in a cast-iron skillet with the sauce and meatballs. The garnish on top is a hearty helping of ricotta cheese for absolute creamy goodness. It's just like your go-to spaghetti recipe, but with significantly fewer dirty dishes afterward.

The ice cream and cookies at the Smoosh food truck scored high points from Lindy of the Patty and David Said blog. She found the mint chocolate chip ice cream very creamy indeed, and the white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies were not overly sweet and balanced the ice cream well. It sounds as if she's excited to try churro Friday at Smoosh, where the standard ice cream sandwiches are made with churros. We can't say we blame her!

Has all this food talk made you crave dessert? Luckily, Sugar & Cloth shared this peanut butter and jelly tart recipe that's not terribly difficult — the hardest part is combining the jam and berry liquor for the drizzle. It's an interesting combination of childhood flavors and a grown-up recipe that will surely satisfy children and adults alike.

That's it for This Week in Houston Food Blogs! if you know of a food blog that you'd like to see featured, leave us a comment or send us an email to tell us about it. See you right here next week for another foodie roundup!
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Alexandra Doyle